Second Stimulus Checks: New Proposal Taps Unused Fed Funds, Lawmakers Call for Relief Now

Americans are anxiously waiting to hear if they will receive a second round of stimulus checks as many are suffering due to the coronavirus-led economic crisis. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has a new proposal to immediately provide relief aid, while Nancy Pelosi has been discussing stimulus plans with Mitch McConnell, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Chuck Schumer. New Stimulus Proposal and Status of Second Stimulus Checks U.S. lawmakers have been actively discussing stimulus packages this past week with the aim to help Americans cope with the coronavirus-led economic crisis. A…

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Friendliest of them all? These could be the best countries for crypto

The level of freedoms that the U.S. has provides an argument for the country as the most crypto-friendly location, although Puerto Rico also has its benefits. As a burgeoning industry less than 13 years old, cryptocurrency has seen its fair share of regulatory crackdowns and changes, especially in the United States. Jake Yocom-Piatt, co-founder of Decred, however, sees the nation as the most crypto-friendly. “Cryptocurrencies are treated as personal property in most jurisdictions, so their tax treatment is relatively uniform,” Yocom-Piatt said. He continued: “Cryptocurrency transactions are a form of…

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$20 Billion in Crypto Under Custody: Coinbase Sees ‘Explosion of Capital’ From Institutional Investors

Coinbase has revealed that it has had “an explosion of incoming capital.” Its assets under custody currently stand at $20 billion, $14 billion of which were accumulated since April. Coinbase highlights a string of bullish events that have “really unleashed” a wave of institutional adoption. Coinbase Has $20 Billion in Custody Coinbase’s Head of Institutional Coverage, Brett Tejpaul, talked about institutional demand for bitcoin in an interview with Heidrick & Struggles International, published on Friday. Tejpaul has 25 years of experience in sales and trading, with almost 17 years at…

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Privacy coins no more? CipherTrace files patents for tracing Monero transactions

The firm claims it will be able to identify XMR used for illicit purposes to support criminal investigations. Crypto analytics firm CipherTrace announced on Friday that it had filed two patents for technology capable of tracing transactions for privacy coin Monero. In a Nov. 20 blog from CipherTrace, the firm stated that the patents would include forensic tools to explore Monero (XMR) transaction flows to assist in financial investigations, statistical and probabilistic methods for scoring transactions and clustering likely wallet owners, as well as visualization tools and ways to track…

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US Government labels Virgil Griffith’s argument to dismiss sanctions charges ‘absurd’

Government lawyers implied that citizens could legally pass along nuclear secrets to North Korea if held to the same standards as Griffith. Lawyers representing the United States government have filed a legal memo opposing the dismissal of charges for Virgil Griffith, a former Ethereum Foundation researcher accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK. According to court records filed Nov. 19 in the Southern District of New York, prosecutors’ referred to Griffith’s Oct. 22 argument to dismiss the charges against him as…

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BlockApps launches Ethereum-based Agritech network in collaboration with Bayer

The new Ethereum-based network aims to track the life cycle of agricultural products, and counts a pharma giant among its users. On Nov. 18, blockchain solutions provider BlockApps launched a blockchain-based agricultural crop tracking network called “TraceHarvest” — and one of the largest companies in the world, Bayer, is among its first users.  TraceHarvest reportedly provides users with the ability to trace the life cycle of agricultural products starting from the source of seeds, all the way to defining the responsibilities of each party involved in the supply chain. The…

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Top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch this week: BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, DASH

Bitcoin’s sharp bounce off the intraday lows today indicates a possible move to all-time highs and select altcoins may join the party. Bitcoin (BTC) has made a stellar comeback from its March lows in 2020 and this performance is getting noticed by institutional investors. Recently Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s CIO of fixed income, said that Bitcoin could replace gold as it is “more functional than passing a bar of gold around.” Comments like these are a positive sign as they demonstrate that the narrative of Bitcoin being increasingly viewed as digital…

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Slow and Empty Blocks With a Mysterious Message – ABC’s New Chain Off to a Rocky Start

On November 15, 2020, the Bitcoin Cash blockchain experienced a network upgrade and a bifurcation of the chain as well. While the Bitcoin Cash network continued on smoothly, the ABC pro infrastructure funding plan (IFP) side of the chain had a rocky and extremely slow start. Since the 15th, the nameless ABC chain has seen 197 blocks processed to-date, as a few miners are pointing hashrate at the network keeping the new blockchain going. Just recently Bitcoin Cash (BCH) endured a network upgrade and a consensus split when the full…

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Decentralized insurance protocol Cover holds vote to cover Pickle hack

If the vote passes, the claim will move to a validity committee to approve a possible payout of $340,000 In what might be an important step towards the maturation of the decentralized insurance space, a claim was filed yesterday with DeFi insurance protocol Cover following the $19 million Dai hack of Pickle Finance — and so far, the majority of users want to see a payout happen. According to the claim on Cover’s website filed Nov. 21, there have been 99 votes at the time of publication throwing roughly 9,800 COVER…

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Battle of the Gigabrains: Vitalik Buterin to match wits with chess master

Prediction market activity shows that few bettors think Vitalik Buterin has a chance against the Canadian master At 9 pm EST tonight, Ethereum co-founder and figurehead Vitalik Buterin will face off against chess streamer National Canadian Team player Alexandra Botez in an match event live-streamed on Twitch.  The event came about following a series of matches and conversations held by members of the Ethereum-focused Bankless podcast and newsletter. After Vitalik participated in a handful of matches, Botez threw down the gauntlet: @VitalikButerin I’m a chess streamer and a big fan…

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